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TMZ is the most trusted name in news

Discussion in 'Journalism topics only' started by poindexter, Jan 27, 2020.

  1. poindexter

    poindexter Well-Known Member

    Not only did TMZ have the Kobe news at least a half hour before anyone else, more importantly, they got it right.

    I got a TMZ screengrab text way before anyone else was reporting it, and if you are like me, as soon as you see TMZ, you are pretty confident in the story. And of course, as the day went on, ABC News and all of the local stations in La shit the bed as they reported the story.
  2. poindexter

    poindexter Well-Known Member

    How did we get to this point?
  3. Regan MacNeil

    Regan MacNeil Well-Known Member

    Except they didn't get it right. The only aspects they nailed were that there was a helicopter crash and that Kobe Bryant died in it.

    They got all other salient points wrong.
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  4. Alma

    Alma Well-Known Member

    TMZ didn’t get everything right. It got some things right and suffered no consequences for what it got wrong because TMZ is not held to any particular standard by its consumers.

    We got to this point because TMZ is a place anonymous sources can go to dish about celebrities, and the Internet makes it possible for said outlets to report things right away.

    TV stations, even in LA, are not staffed by uniformly elite, fast-thinking reporters on a Sunday morning. TMZ can make its calls to local authorities (or agents) and make progress while those reporters have to be right about whatever they report.
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  5. poindexter

    poindexter Well-Known Member

    This is what I received via text at 11:27 a.m. Pacific yesterday 56835.png
  6. CD Boogie

    CD Boogie Well-Known Member

    TMZ pays too, correct? So if you're a first responder and you know you're dealing with the death of someone of that magnitude, it's not hard to see how that be tempting to call it in and make some cash. And people know they pay. I've always heard that it's a known thing.
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  7. Songbird

    Songbird Well-Known Member

    You'd think Deadspinners 2.0 would've been all over this.
  8. BTExpress

    BTExpress Well-Known Member

    How would that conversation go, exactly?

    First responder: "I know something you don't know!"

    TMZ: "What is it?"

    First responder: "Mega celebrity dies in helicopter crash."

    TMZ: "Who?"

    First responder: "How much?"
  9. CD Boogie

    CD Boogie Well-Known Member

    How TMZ gets all those scoops
  10. poindexter

    poindexter Well-Known Member

    First responders in Los Angeles get paid and have benefits that would make Goldman Sachs executives blush. So I guess that the extra thousand they get from TMZ is something, but not in the larger picture.
  11. Double Down

    Double Down Well-Known Member

    Imagine how people would melt down if ESPN paid $10,000 to an LA County Sheriff source to get the Kobe info 10 mins before everyone else. ESPN certainly has more money than TMZ. Why not compete on the same turf?

    Because the most basic premise in news gathering ought to be you don’t pay sources for info.

    Any discussion about why TMZ gets this stuff starts and ends there. There is really no point in debating it further without debating that as the only part that matters.
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  12. poindexter

    poindexter Well-Known Member

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